Do You Look After Someone Who Is Ill, Frail, Disabled Or Mentally Ill?

We are interested in identifying carers, especialy those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often "hidden" looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.

Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. Carers should receive apporpriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care andnot least, a listening ear when things get too much.

As a carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services or Childrens Services if you are a child who cares for an adult. A carer's assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.

If you are a carer, please complete the attached form to let us know about your caring responsibilities; then either hand it in at reception or email to ork-hb.heilendi@nhs.net

Below are some useful organisations which support carers:

Orkney Carers' Centre and Crossroads (Orkney)
Anchor Buildings
Bridge Street
Kirkwall
Tel: 01856 870500
Email: orkneycarers@tiscali.co.uk
 
Age Concern
Anchor Buildings
Bridge Street
Kirkwall
Tel: 01856 872438
 
Orkney Health and Care
Orkney Islands Council
School Place
Kirkwall
Orkney
Tel: 01856 873535
Website: www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/O/Carers.htm
 
Carers Scotland
Website: www.carersuk.org/scotland
Tel: 0808 8087777
 
 
pdfCarers Identification Form
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